June 1, 2012
Anchorage position: 08°49.3236'S 140°03.8678'W
Baie D' Anaho, Nuka Hiva, Marqueses, French Polynesia, South Pacific
Thinking about feasting we headed back toward the waterfront to enjoy an authentic Marquesan meal at the restaurant 'Chez Yvonne'. The crew of s/v Shanti Anna joined us as well as crew Hans from s/v Miss Goodnight. Kathy ordered curried goat and I goat in coconut cream, each dish was accompanied with rice, friend breadfruti and mashed manioc. The lunch was delicious as it should be for 1900XPF for the entrees and 600XPF for a beer for a total of 5000XPF for just us two! Thats more than $55 USD! This was our one big hurrah for the Marqueses and maybe for all of French Polynesia. With our stomaches full we were ready for a nap, yet we still had to make the trek back over the hill to Baie d' Anaho and back to the boat. Our return trip took a speedy 70 minutes.
Counting up my nono (sand fly) bites I came up with 46 on my stomach, 104 on my left leg, 83 on my right leg and 53 on my neck and a bunch on my arms. These tiny bugs are sneaky and you don't notice that you're getting bitten until it's too late. This is what happens when you don't use deet. Given the excruciating itchiness that lasts for several days, I highly recommend taking precautions to avoid these itchy bites that will pull you right out of a deep sleep with a tantalizing need to scratch. John and Tiffany from s/v Michaela, we now understand your torment in San Blas where we were immune.
This morning we met up with Franz the owner of s/v Miss Goodnight to swap some weather info. Crew Hans was nice enough to share his photographs of the ruins since our camera battery died early in the day. I expect some of the photos will be spectacular and look forward to posting a few next next time we have internet.
Today is laundry day where we'll take all of our laundry to shore, track down a water tap and painstakingly hand launder each garment and three set of queen size sheets. The last few times we've done laundry the tap water was pretty murky with silt and it definitely wasn't a good time to try to get anything white whiter. Since it hasn't rained in days we expect the water to be nice and clean here in Anaho.
That's it for now.